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How to Make a Thankful Jar for Your Thanksgiving Table

This year the focal point of our Thanksgiving table centerpiece will be a thankful jar beautifully decorated with a fall inspired bow. As guests and family members gather, each person is asked to write their name and one thing they are thankful for on a slip of paper. The paper is folded and dropped into the thankful jar. At the end of the meal everyone draws a slip from the jar, and shares who wrote it and what they are thankful for. The thankful jar can become one of your Thanksgiving traditions.How to Make a Thankful Jar

Supplies for the Thankful Jar BowSupplies for Thankful Jar Bow

  • 4½’ length 1½” polyester twill patterned ribbon
  • 4 yds. natural raffia ribbon
  • 4′ length olive ¾” grosgrain ribbon
  • 6′ length light green 1/8″ satin ribbon
  • Two 8″ length of burnished gold ½” satin ribbon
  • 18″ length brown ½” grosgrain ribbon
  • 24″ length Bowdabra bow wire
  • Bowdabra Bow Making Tool

Instruction for Making the Thankful Jar Bow

  1. Cut ribbons into appropriate lengths, and quickly pass the ribbon ends through a flame to seal the ends. Cut dovetail ends on the patterned ribbon by folding the ribbon in half lengthwise and cutting away the tip at an angle.How to Make a Thankful Jar with tutorial
  2. Fold the Bowdabra bow wire in half and place in the Bowdabra. You can tuck the ends under the Bowdabra so they are out of the way.Thanksgiving Table Decor
  3. Leave a 6″ tail and place the patterned ribbon in the Bowdabra.Thanksgiving Table Decor ideas
  4. Make a fold-and-twist bow with the patterned ribbon, ending with another 6″ tail.Thanksgiving Table Decor tutorial
  5. Make layers of bows with the remaining ribbons, beginning and ending with a 4″ to 6″ tail, in the following order: raffia, ¾” grosgrain, 1/8″ satin. Lastly, lay the two 8″ lengths of satin ribbon in the Bowdabra forming tails without bow loops.Thanksgiving Jar for your Thanksgiving table
  6. Compress the ribbons in the Bowdabra with the Bowdabra wand.DIY thankful Jar ideas
  7. With the ribbons still in the Bowdabra, pass the ends of the bow wire through the loop, and to make a bow
  8. Tie a secure knot on the reverse side of the bow. Leave the wire end long to attach the bow to the jar.Bow making ideas
  9. Fluff the bow. Attach the bow to your thankful jar (I used a glass vase). Tie the 18″ length of ½” grosgrain ribbon around the top of the vase to cover bow wire.Thanksgiving table centerpieceWe’d love to hear your comments and please follow Bowdabra blog on Facebook and youtube.  Don’t forget to decorate your door as well with a Welcome Fall wreath!



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